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The way to avoid light shining in the house is to place the lights on either side of a window or in between windows. This way, more light will be focused on the actual façade of the home. Occasionally, it will be unavoidable to have some light filter into the house. For this, we always recommend placing room-darkening Lindsey Barnhill shades inside.

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Sensitive Santa Sessions at The Battery Atlanta

Ugly Christmas Sweater Block Party

SBA Coffee Networking

800 Battery Ave. SE., Ste. 110 10am-Noon Free Children with special needs are welcome to this series of reservation-only, low-sensory photo sessions with Santa. Eventbrite.com

Downtown Smyrna 5-8pm Free entry Wearers of tacky sweaters are more than welcome to this holiday happening that includes a block party and screening of “National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.” SmyrnaGa.gov

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JAN. NOW THROUGH JAN. 3 Karaoke every Thursday Night at Varners in Smyrna! 725 Concord Rd. SE. 10pm-1:30am Free entry Sing your heart out with the rest of this fun late-night karaoke crowd. Facebook.com/VarnersTavern

JAN. 23 Extreme Music Bingo – Wahlburgers 455 Legends Pl., #874 7-9pm Free entry Join Phoenix Live Entertainment, LLC for an epic evening that combines “name that tune” and bingo. This event recurs weekly. Facebook.com/PhoenixLiveEnt

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An Art Exhibition by the Students of Whitefield Academy Vinings Branch Library Times vary Free entry This dynamic art exhibit will feature works by 10th through 12th grade students of Whitefield Academy. SouthCobbArts.org

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Café Lucia Smyrna 8-9am Free entry Join the Smyrna Business Association and make connections with fellow professionals in the area. SmyrnaBusiness.org

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JAN. 6 The Georgia Bridal Show Cobb Galleria Centre Noon-5pm $10 in advance, $15 at the door Turn a blind eye to your Pinterest board so you can meet face-to-face with local and national wedding professionals that can make your big day extra special. GeorgiaBridalShow.com

Did You Know? Nearly 10 percent of

Smyrna residents work from home according to CityTownInfo.com.

FEB. FEB. 5 LEGO Club Smyrna Public Library 4-5pm Free Kids ages 5 to 10 can create a fun design with bricks provided by the LEGO Club at this artistic activity. SmyrnaGa.gov

JAN. 26 2019 Annual Banquet and Fundraiser at Adventure Outdoors 2500 S. Cobb Dr. SE. 6-11pm Tickets start at $75 Support the Greater Atlanta Safari Club International Chapter while savoring an on-site steak dinner, craft beer by Cherry Street Brewing, auctions, and more. AtlantaSCI.com

FEB. 21-24 Atlanta Ballet 2 “Beauty & The Beast” Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre Times and prices vary Children ages 12 and under will be enchanted by this classic love story and tale of unlikely friendships. AtlantaBallet.com

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Christmas at Brawner Coat Drive

Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis

Taylor-Brawner House 5-8pm Free entry Bring a coat to donate before enjoying family-friendly activities like hayrides, cookie decorating, games, and watching “A Christmas Story.” SmyrnaGa.gov

The Battery Atlanta 7:30am $40 in advance, $45 on event day Put on your holiday garb and lace up your tennis shoes for this jolly 5K. Event proceeds contribute to finding a cure for America’s No. 1 cause of disability. JBR.org/Atlanta

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Smyrna Public Library 10:30-11am Free Children ages 0 to 24 months can enhance their spatial awareness and fine motor skills at this play session with blocks. SmyrnaGa.gov

160 Legion Dr. SE. 7-9pm Free entry Enjoy a mix of country, gospel and bluegrass music courtesy of American Legion Post 160 of Smyrna. This shindig occurs every third Thursday of the month. Facebook.com/AmericanLegionOfSmyrna

2450 Atlanta Rd., Ste. 400 and 4340 East-West Connector, Ste. 300 11:30am-4:30pm Free entry Visit either Smyrna location of Real Subs Café to learn more about the latest wellness products from local vendors. RealSubs.com

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Homes in Smyrna spend an average of 56 days on the market according to Realtor.com.

FEB. 26 Handbag Hullabaloo!™ Cobb Galleria Centre 6-9pm Tickets start at $150 Support Atlanta Ronald McDonald House Charities by taking part in raffle games and savoring dinner and cocktails. ARMHC.org/Handbag

RECURRING THURSDAYS Music Bingo at Creatwood Tavern 1090 Windy Hill Rd., Ste. 300 8-10pm Free entry Gather your gang and test your music knowledge while enjoying great music, prizes, food and drinks. Creatwood-Tavern.com

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Vinings residents is 34, as cited by Livability, a neighborhood research company.

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St. Benedict’s Episcopal School is a close-knit community that embodies the traditions of Episcopal schools to provide a diverse, faith-based education with high standards of excellence. We are an independent school serving students in preschool through 8th grade.

For more information and to register for one of our events, please visit our website at www.stbs.org or call (678) 279-4300.

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Are you experiencing pain during your workouts? If you are, It is a warning sign that you are loading your muscles or joints improperly, explains Alexis Lowery, PT, DPT, OCS (seen left) of Atlanta PT. Your physician can refer you to a physical therapist, who is a clinically trained movement specialist that can help you recover safely. 3680 Highlands Pkwy. SE. AtlantaPT.com

Get rid of that extra face and body jiggle with the BTL Exilis ULTRA™ treatment at Radiance Medspa. Its combination of radiofrequency technology and ultrasound technology IS DESIGNED TO melt away fat and tighten skin after four to six sessions of the roughly 30-minute treatment. 2810 Paces Ferry Rd. SE. RadianceMedSpaAtlanta.com

Led by double-board certified Seth A. Yellin, M.D., F.A.C.S., Marietta Facial Plastic Surgery, Laser & Aesthetics Center has opened near Vinings/Smyrna. The new location provides dermatological care, the latest surgical procedures, and nonsurgical options such as Injecta-Lift™, a facial rejuvenation remedy created by Dr. Yellin. 5041 Dallas Hwy., Ste. 200-D. MariettaFacialPlastics.com

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training for that career around the full-time job you already have to pay the bills, and it may never make it past a pipe dream. But the light at the end of the professional tunnel got a little brighter in 2005, when the doors of the Dental Staff School opened a 10-week certification program for dental assistance, and recently, ongoing 12-week programs for legal assistance certification. Dental Staff School offers a unique, tailored way to change your career path—one that doesn’t monopolize your time and allows you to find success in your own way, without the strain or high costs of a traditional program. It uses interactive, online classes during the week that allow students to learn at their own pace and 10 consecutive Saturdays spent hands on in the classroom, learning both didactic and clinical skills from experienced dental professionals. It’s also a program built from the heart.

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“We opened Dental Staff School because I wanted to share my knowledge and my strengths with other people,” says Janet Waldron, president and instructor at Dental Staff School. “It’s very hard for somebody with a job and a family to change their career path and go back to school full time when they have a lot of responsibilities to balance. I wanted to be able to tell anyone that has a passion for a caring field that this would be the one for them—that it would let them spread joy into the community while utilizing a valuable skill set, with family-friendly hours.”

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Of all the empowering perks that come with an education from Dental Staff School, what happens after you toss your cap is the real reward.

A close-knit professional network helps Dental Staff advisors assist graduates on finding quality jobs no matter where they end up.

Another element of success is using the personal knowledge gained about each student to place them in working environments perfect for their personality, something Jonathan C. Waldron, D.M.D., P.C., and director of Dental Staff School, learned from his time in the Navy.

“We offer an opportunity to have a career where you can help other people,” says Jonathan. “All of our instructors feel like they’re able to share their knowledge, their experiences and make a world of a difference to someone else. For me, it goes back to being a caring person, loving your community and giving back to it. It’s important that we’re able to give people a chance to find something they’re passionate about and use it to make a difference. That’s not something that most people have in their job.” DentalStaffSchool.com, 3020 Roswell Rd., Ste. 200, Marietta. 678-819-3919. The content for this article is brought to you by Dental Staff School.

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Even if a graduate moves to another state, the staff works with a student to obtain the specialty licenses needed to practice there.

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Courses were designed to offer both convenience and a sense of community that doesn’t exist in a typical nine-month program. Each class is ever evolving, always challenging and introduces new skills and techniques each week. If a student has difficulty grasping a subject, the low student-to-teacher ratio makes it possible to text, call or come in for extra help until they master it. Students form friendships, curate self-led study groups, and trade support and encouragement from Day One.

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There’s a new mayor in town! Well, actually a whole new “city council.” Eighteen-year-old Brendan Porter, a senior at Campbell High School, was recently elected as mayor of the inaugural Smyrna Youth Council. Composed of 11 high school students, the miniature city council works to address the local needs of young adults all while receiving an inside look at how the government functions. Here, Brendan discusses his passion for community service and plans for his new role.

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What made you want to apply to be a part of the Smyrna Youth Council?

The council enables me to not only learn while making a difference, but to connect with people like Scott Andrews, assistant city administrator, and Ashley Youmans, government management fellow. They are the supervising founders and leaders of the group. Scott and Ashley have taught me the importance of being organized, punctual, honest, and available to the community.

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What do you want to accomplish as mayor?

In the short term, I want to see the youth council accomplish some kind of community service project. And before my term ends in June 2019, I would like to see a larger project played out within local high schools, like a “DiverCity Day,” which will help us celebrate our differences all while acknowledging what we have in common.

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What do you think the youth of Smyrna need?

I believe Smyrna youth need this council in the sense of being politically awakened. We must understand, while we aren’t currently potent, we have the opportunity to be and need to act on that. That is what the youth council is here to do—to acknowledge the needs of our constituents and take action.

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Smyrna swarms with community engagement and a small-town feel. My favorite place has to be the Smyrna Public Library. I spend so much time there exploring new books tucked away in its nooks and crannies. To me, the library is the cornerstone of any community. If you have one that is active and well used, ING. ERS AT THEIR FIRST OFFICIAL MEET SMYRNA YOUTH COUNCIL MEMB STEVENS, NAI’LA MORRIS, SIRI GULLEDGE, you are going to have a healthier town. I also love my ADRIA , DAVID LILLY LEFT: LSON, AND PICTURED FROM ON, SHRIYA PATEL, PAYTON NICHO THOMAS) H BRENDAN PORTER, EMILY DAMR KIRAN GOURISANKAR AND ADIYA church, Smyrna First United Methodist, and all the WILLIAM TAYLOR. (NOT PICTURED: people there. SmyrnaVision.com/Category/Involvement-Leadership/Smyrna-Youth-Council

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As local men and women began to join the coffeehouse gatherings, not only did friendships blossom, so did ideas. “One of the goals, for me, was to create art events and more public art right here in Smyrna,” Kristen says.

The Indie Arts Alliance began to host quarterly art shows at the Old Smyrna Firehouse, which are free for artists to participate in and for residents to attend. “I’m really proud that we have been able to work together to put on the shows and that people in the community are excited,” Kristen says. “Residents are buying prints and things to decorate their homes and they’re supporting artists that are right here from their community. I love that.” The group will host an art show in collaboration with the City of Smyrna at the Reed House in early 2019. Among Kristen’s other accomplishments with the Indie Arts Alliance include painting the vintage-inspired mural on the side of Vickery Hardware, which celebrates Smyrna as “The Jonquil City.” When she isn’t creating her “positive, folk, pop art,” the former graphic designer can be found at The El Felix or Taylor-Brawner Park with her husband, Travis, and daughters, Jewel, Jasmine, and June. KristenRamsey.com, Facebook.com/IndieArtsAlliance

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Project Destined helps underserved youth become real estate stakeholders in their communities. The nonprofit partnered with multifamily real estate investment firm Cortland to host the Atlanta Ideas Challenge event on Nov. 3. Students from metro area high schools and colleges toured The Battery Atlanta and then worked together to reimagine how a similar concept could benefit areas along the Atlanta BeltLine. ProjectDestined.com, Cortland.com

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Get your infant, toddler, or preschooler movin’ and groovin’ to the beat during a Holiday Sing Along with Music Together Metro Atlanta (inside The Music Studio at Vinings). Held Dec. 17-22, the 45-minute interactive sessions include classic tunes such as “Jingle Bells,” “Frosty the Snowman,” and “Feliz Navidad.” 4895 S. Atlanta Rd. SE., Ste. 100. MusicTogetherMetroAtlanta.com

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students in need from Smyrna Elementary and Brumby Elementary schools. In partnership

with VSP Global® Eyes of Hope®, the doctors visited the schools via a 45-foot mobile clinic. GOAEyes.com

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Children with special needs can have their photo taken with Santa Claus in a setting that is comfortable for them. At the SunTrust onUp Experience, low-sensory visits with Saint Nick are available by appointment on Dec. 2, 9, and 16. Families will remember the moment forever thanks to keepsake photos from the complimentary sessions. 800 Battery Ave. SE., Ste. 110. SensitiveSanta2018.Eventbrite.com

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On Nov. 15, Thomas Freeman (a My Vinings/Smyrna 2017 “Top Teacher” honoree) and 42 of his fourth-grade students showcased a Spanish and English performance of “Miguel and the Grand Harmony” at St. Benedict’s Episcopal School. They organized costumes, props, choreography, and more for this story, which shares the power of music during dark times. 2160 Cooper Lake Rd. SE. STBS.org my

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10. Maryanne Cook, Heidi Hunt, David Chevalier, Jana Teague 11. Lyse Johnson, Ernie Johnson 12. Edna Keili, Joshua Moorer, LaToya Gray 13. Vince Longo, Marley (dog)

Date: Oct. 27 | Location: SunTrust Park Details: More than 15,000 participants dressed in every shade of pink to raise funds for breast cancer research. To date, over $1 million has been raised. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9.

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Date: Oct. 27-28 | Location: Village Green Details: With over 100 arts and crafts booths, puppet and pet shows, a Kids’ Zone, and more, families had lots of fun at this weekend fest. 14. Ryan Tweedle, Ashley Tweedle, Kevin Rich 15. Heather Coffey, Amy Kimm, Meredith Lewis 16. (Back row, L to R) Shane Byler, Linda Wolfe (Front row, L to R) Jovie, Lenore 17. Roberto Rodriguez, Tim Wallace

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2. Taste tangy white barbecue sauce when you try the Newk’s “Q” sandwich at Newk’s Eatery. A family recipe of its founder Chris Newcomb, the entrée features flame-grilled chicken, bacon, and Ammerländer Swiss cheese. 1405 Spring Rd. SE. Newks.com 3. Whet your appetite with this New Orleans BBQ Shrimp dish from C. Ellet’s steakhouse. In a bath of Creole butter sauce, the well-seasoned shrimp are accompanied by toasted baguettes. There’s a reason the restaurant’s menu notes that “every bite is a home run.” 2605 Cir. 75 Pkwy., Ste. 400. C-Ellets.com

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4. Although US Cafe has been a go-to burger joint in Smyrna for the past 30 years, the eatery serves chicken that is equally delicious. Get an order of bone-in wings slathered with atomic sauce, or opt for the seasonal tandoori wings. Add extra crunch and order yours XCrispy, XXCrispy, or XXXCrispy. 4499 S. Cobb Dr. SE. USCafe.net 5. The Smyrna location of Atlanta Bread has reopened after an extensive renovation. The café’s new look includes Atlanta-themed art by local creators such as Alex T. Wang and two new conference rooms with rustic barn doors. Warm up during a lunch meeting with a bowl of creamy tomato basil soup. 4490 S. Cobb Dr. SE. AtlantaBread.com/Smyrna-Ga

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1. Italian cuisine is crafted with care at Adalina. Chef Joshua Hopkins, formerly of Empire State South and the Forbes Travel Guide Four-Star Bacchanalia, highlights his love of local produce in dishes such as the Fennel Sausage pizza. Broccoli rabe, ricotta, and Calabrian chili come alive in this pie. 4403 Northside Pkwy. NW., #150. AdalinaAtlanta.com

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Work off those holiday calories at the Jingle Bell Run/Walk for Arthritis on Dec. 15. By taking part in this jolly jaunt while decked out in your favorite festive gear (elf outfits are welcome), you’ll

help fight America’s leading cause of disability. The Battery Atlanta. JBR.org/Atlanta

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forever families for Fido and his friends. This organization, which has no brick-and-mortar location, relies solely on volunteers to foster animals and run adoption events at Pet Supplies Plus every Saturday at 11am. 3240 S. Cobb Dr. SE., Ste. 750. GaHomelessPets.com

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SELLING SMYRNA, GA REAL ESTATE FOR 30 YEARS

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There is a lot that goes into buying or selling a home. Are you considering selling but don’t know where to start to prepare? Have you found your dream home online but the buying process seems too overwhelming?

You need our team in your corner. Gina Bridges Home Team is unlike any other team in the area. Not only do we have listing and buyer specialists, but with a General Contractor as part of the team, we can guide you through almost every aspect of buying, maintaining and selling a home. From preparation to pricing, listing to negotiating, house hunting to fixing up, we are your one-stop real estate source.

CONTACT US When you’re ready to discuss your real estate or home needs, contact us at

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Gina Bridges Home Team is a familyowned business with over 75 years of combined experience in the real estate industry. We have lived and worked in Smyrna, GA since 1978 and are proud to have helped contribute to the growth here and throughout Cobb County. We have built our reputation as hardworking and effective, working closely with each client to meet individual needs and real estate goals. We offer free in-depth consultations and real estate market analyses to help you determine what the best course of action may be for you.

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